Bald Eagles Fighting Over Breakfast
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These two Bald Eagles are fighting over a salmon, early in the morning on a cloudy foggy day. There are lots of slow fish in the river that have spawned and are close to dying, but the eagles prefer stealing fish from one another, fish that have already been dragged onto the ground. With talons raised they look quite serious in this particular scene, and the winner will get the spoils. The other will either hang around for another chance at the fish later, or will fly up into a nearby tree, or maybe will fly to join some friends nearby.
The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. It is not always so majestic in habits: it often feeds on carrion, including dead fish washed up on shore, and it steals food from Ospreys and other smaller birds. At other times, however, it is a powerful predator. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.
Photo taken on November 9, 2021, in Alaska
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November 12th, 2021
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